Texas dating age law

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Both partners must be of legal age to give consent, although exceptions to the age of consent law exist in some jurisdictions when the minor and his or her partner are within a certain number of years in age or when a minor is married to his/her partner.

Persons below the age of consent may not, by law, give consent, and sexual relations involving such persons may be punished by criminal sanctions similar to those for rape or sexual assault.

Indecency with a Child is the Texas offense that is commonly known as “Child Molestation.” In order to obtain a conviction for Indecency with a Child, the state’s lawyers must prove that the victim was under 17 years old and that the molestation was either by “exposure” (Indecency – Exposure) or by sexual “contact” (Indecency – Contact).

Although Indecency with a Child is also closely related to the Texas offense of Sexual Performance by a Child, there are important differences.

Indecency of a Child covers a more types of sexual conduct between adults and children than what Sexual Assault covers.

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